Woman Wins in Complaint Over Metro Uniform

Published February 10, 2009

Gloria Jones, a Pentecostal woman who refused to wear pants as part of a bus driver uniform, has prevailed in a legal battle.

Last September, Jones filed a complaint against D.C.’s Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) alleging that even though she was qualified for the driver position, she wasn’t hired because of religious discrimination, a WMATA spokesman told USA Today.

When Jones asked permission to wear a skirt due to her Apostolic Pentecostal faith, they axed her application.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Jones and the agency had settled, and that she would be paid more than $47,000. In addition, WMATA will take a closer look at more ways to accommodate employees on a case-by-case basis, the spokesman said.

Now, Jones can reapply for the driver position, and if she is hired she’d have to request to be exempt from the uniform policy.

Cases like these should be a wake up call to employers as a whole, said Holly Hollman, a lawyer with the Baptist Joint Committee. “It reminds us that in religion ‘one-size-fit-all’ rules don’t necessarily work,” she told USA Today.

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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